An honored and respected man in Thailand, Khukrit has at various times served as prime minister, deputy finance minister, and member of parliament. He helped to write the 1974 Thai Constitution and is publisher of the newspaper Siam Rath. Author of more than 30 books---including 5 novels, travel accounts, satires, and short stories---Khukrit is also an accomplished Thai dancer. His most famous literary work, Four Reigns (Sii Phaeaendin), follows the lives of nobility during the first half of the twentieth century. In it he creates the idealized Thai woman Maeae Phloy, who, being pragmatic, is always loving and forgiving. As important as his own contributions to Thai literature is Khukrit's support of the intellectual and artistic development of young writers.Suchit Wongthed, Vasit Dejkunjorn, Prayad S. Naa Khanaad, and Rong Wongsawaan have all, at one time, worked for him. That Khukrit may be more conservative than some of his successors is evident in his novel Red Bamboo, which portrays a local communist as somewhat of a social failure.